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While we tend to think of allergies and asthma as involving mainly the respiratory system, this research suggests the microbes in the gut play a role, too.

Elizabeth Rose Scannell, MD
Colfax, NC
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Allergy & Immunology
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Female
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Medical School: Ross Univ, Sch Of Med & Vet Med, Roseau, Dominica
Graduation Year: 1998

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Jose Antonio Bardelas
(336) 883-1393
100 Westwood Avenue
High Point, NC
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Allergy / Immunology

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Leigh Anne Schwietz, MD
(336) 883-1393
100 Westwood Ave
High Point, NC
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Allergy & Immunology
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Female
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Medical School: Va Commonwealth Univ, Med Coll Of Va Sch Of Med, Richmond Va 23298
Graduation Year: 1981

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Jose Antonio Bardelas, MD
(336) 883-1393
100 Westwood Ave
High Point, NC
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Pediatrics, Pediatric Allergy
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Male
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Medical School: Johns Hopkins Univ Sch Of Med, Baltimore Md 21205
Graduation Year: 1973
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Hospital: High Point Regional Hospital, High Point, Nc; Moses H Cone Memorial Hospital, Greensboro, Nc
Group Practice: Allergy & Asthma Ctr

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Eugene Shaner LeBauer
(336) 282-2300
3201 Brassfield Rd
Greensboro, NC
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Allergy / Immunology

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Leigh Anne Schwietz
(336) 883-1393
100 Westwood Ave
High Point, NC
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Allergy / Immunology

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Larry Ray Smith, MD
(229) 883-0237
624 Quaker Ln Ste 100E
High Point, NC
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Allergy & Immunology, Pediatrics
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Male
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Medical School: Med Coll Of Ga Sch Of Med, Augusta Ga 30912
Graduation Year: 1976
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Hospital: Phoebe Putney Mem Hosp, Albany, Ga
Group Practice: South Georgia Allergy Clinic

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Ranjan Sharma
(336) 282-2300
3201 Brassfield Rd
Greensboro, NC
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Allergy / Immunology

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Meg Anne Whelan
(336) 282-2300
3201 Brassfield Rd
Greensboro, NC
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Allergy / Immunology

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Aneysa Christine Sane, MD
(336) 716-9295
Medicine Center Boulevard,
Winston Salem, NC
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Allergy & Immunology
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Female
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Medical School: Duke Univ Sch Of Med, Durham Nc 27710
Graduation Year: 1986

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Antibiotics: The Road to Allergies and Asthma?

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The rates of allergies and asthma have skyrocketed in the past 40 years, for reasons that have been frustratingly unclear. Now it turns out that the rise of another phenomenon—the use of antibiotics—may hold a clue. A study from the University of Michigan Medical School has found that antibiotics seem to prime the immune system to overreact to substances it could just as well ignore.

When the Michigan team gave mice a five-day course of antibiotics, the animals showed the same effect seen in humans: an upset in the balance of yeast and other microbes in the gut. The researchers then exposed the mice to several common allergens. The mice given antibiotics were hypersensitive to them, while the other mice had a normal immune response.

While we tend to think of allergies and asthma as involving mainly the respiratory system, this research suggests the microbes in the gut play a role, too.

The results support part of the “hygiene hypothesis,” which holds that modern societies are too sanitary—when you’re not exposed to very many bugs, your immune system has a hard time telling the difference between a harmless substance (like pollen) and a dangerous toxin, so it’s likely to overreact.

And the findings provide yet another reason to encourage the growth of “good” bacteria in our bellies. To do that, Gary Huffnagle, who worked on the study, recommends a diet rich in fiber and active-cultured yogurt and low in refined carbs and sugar. “It’s a good idea to do this even when you’re not taking antibiotics,” he says. And if you do need to take the drugs, he advises taking probiotics afterward. Your nose, as well as your stomach, will thank you.

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